Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tobermory Harbour

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 116 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26831
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 47

Catalogue entry

From Tobermory’s Main Street, this sketch looks north-east towards the pier at Tobermory Harbour. A boat with one of its sails half-raised is drawn alongside the pier with another, smaller vessel behind it. Beyond the pier and across the Sound of Mull is the coast of Morvern with the edge of Calve Island just visible at the far right. It was from here that Turner set off on the Maid of Morven steamboat for Staffa. There is a view of the south end of the harbour on the reverse of this page (folio 47 verso; D26832).
For more information about Turner’s time in Tobermory and references to further sketches see folio 1 verso (D26749).

Thomas Ardill
March 2010

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